Leah Remini will be the first recipient of the new Truth to Power Award for her A&E documentary series “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” the International Documentary Association announced on Tuesday.
The award will be given to Remini at the 35th annual IDA Documentary Awards, which will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7 on the Paramount Studios lot.
The Truth to Power Award, IDA executive director Simon Kilmurry said in a statement, was created “to honor those who show immense bravery in holding the powerful to account regardless of the consequences. We are thrilled to honor Leah Remini who, for the past three seasons in ‘Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,’ stood strong in the face of untold backlash, harassment and personal attacks as she exposed the truth behind Scientology.”
The IDA also announced that actor Willie Garson will host the ceremony and that director Avi Belkin’s “Mike Wallace Is Here” has won the ABC News VideoSource Award, which honors the use of archival news footage in a documentary.
The other nominees for that award are Frederic Tcheng’s “Halston,” Werner Herzog and Andre Singer’s “Meeting Gorbachev” and Matt Tyrnauer’s “Where’s My Roy Cohn?”